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Fuck is a strong and generally provocative swearword in Modern English and is one of the best-known vulgarisms in the English-speaking world. Although, nowadays, it is used more freely.

It is unclear whether the word has always been considered impolite and, if not, when it was initially considered to be profane. Some evidence indicates that in some English-speaking locales it was considered acceptable as late as the 17th century meaning "to strike" or "to penetrate" [1]. Other evidence indicates that it may have become vulgar as early as the 16th century in England; thus other reputable sources such as the Oxford English Dictionary contend the true etymology is still uncertain, but appears to point to an Anglo-Saxon origin that in later times spread to the British colonies and worldwide.

The two seemingly contradictory hypotheses may reflect cultural and/or regional English dialects. See the etymology for further discussion. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuck [Dec 2005]

Ulysses (1967) - James Joyce

Joseph Strick's 1967 version of Joyce's Ulysses even uttered 'fuck' on screen for the first time. --UK magazine Bizarre (Jan/Feb '98 issue...)

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